Leo having trouble sleeping

He and i had our first ever real cross moment. He wasn’t sleeping, getting up to play and all the usual. The thing is, after repeated trips up to talk to him, he started giggling about it. I left him once more but had to go up again.
At that point i packed up his trains and told him he’d be without them for a day because he was being naughty not staying in bed. He did calm down a little while later and go to sleep but i don’t know if that’s because he responded.
I felt really bad; still do – i have no idea if that’s the right thing to do or not. Whether it makes any difference or not to how he’ll sleep in future. I have fond memories (though older) of reading in bed, really quietly, in the fading light through an edge of curtain. Who am i to tell him off for the same sort of thing? And i worry that i reacted because i was cross with him for not taking me seriously, for disrespecting my authority; i was really cross when he laughed at me.
It might be because he’s so good so much of the time, and we’ve managed to focus on incentives and rewards to encourage the good behaviour, and not had to punish naughtiness very much. We aren’t used to having to be the ‘shouty parent’.
I hope i don’t have to do this often, i can’t bear the aftermath. And also never knowing whether it’s helped or hindered.


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